Marie Curie Cancer Care is a charity close to my own heart.
My own Mother passed away from lung cancer in 2006. During her illness she stayed in the Marie Curie Hospice in Belfast on two occasions. Once to provide some respite for my Dad, and also for end of life care.
It is a strange thing that I actually have fond memories of the Hospice at a very sad, difficult, and frightening time; this is all down to the wonderful care and support my Mum received from all the staff who worked in the Belfast Hospice. From the cook making her whatever she fancied, to the relaxation techniques and complementary therapies offered, the staff really do help to make things just a little easier for those going through a devastating disease.
I will always be grateful to Marie Curie for what they did for my Mother, and for our family, and I will always endeavour to take part in fundraising programmes for this amazing charity.
Every year, in February and March, Marie Curie hold The Great Daffodil Appeal, where thousands of people take to the streets, encouraging people in their area to give a donation for a Marie Curie daffodil pin. These funds help the Marie Curie Nurses to care for more terminally ill people in the hospices and in their own homes, allowing families to make the most of the time they have left together.
So why not join me in donating an hour (or two) of your time this February and March to help raise funds for Marie Curie.
All you need to do is to sign up through the Marie Curie website today, fill out your details and one of the fundraising staff from Marie Curie will get in touch to organise a time and venue for you to do your bit…
I’ll be collecting at
Sainsburys in Partick Asda in Clydebank on March 22 between 12 and 2pm so say Hello if you happen to be passing, and please do make a donation!